This week we (my husband and I) are
doing something fabulous, simply because we don’t have children. We waited till
last Tuesday, as Monday was a public holiday, Labour Day, the last one before
Christmas, and a time when a lot of people like to travel, because it is also a
time when spring has generally arrived in most locations, and temperatures in
some locations get positively summery. Not to mention that it was the first
long weekend since Auckland went into a brief lockdown in August, and people were
keen to travel. So Labour Weekend is always a busy time on the roads, and best
to be avoided. But on Tuesday, when everyone was back to work and back at
school and university exams are in full force, we set off on a road trip, one we
had been planning to do for the last year, but life and death and COVID intervened.
My favourite road trip in New
Zealand is around the South Island. I wrote about it here. But this one is
exploring roads less travelled by us at least, as we have headed in the
opposite direction. And although the north is much more populous than the south, we're taking advantage of the absence of both international tourists, and domestic tourists who will spread out and take over the roads in late December until early February. Especially this year, when no-one is making those overseas trips!
We would not be doing this if we
had children, as they would still be school age. Though many of my friends are
now also free and easy (well, except for the fact they’re still lucky enough to
still be earning salaries) as their children have left home, reminding me and
all of you that this isolation doesn’t last forever. Having children who have
left home is not the same as having no children at all. But it does make
socialising with friends easier, and it does mean that their day-to-day worlds no
longer revolve around their children in the same way. It does get easier. And in
the meantime, we hit the road!